Austin Gilgronis re-signed South African Tiaan Strauss Erasmus for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 23-year-old hooker is 6″1′, and 230 lbs. He turns 24 at the end of March.
Tiaan played 637 minutes in 15 matches in the 2019 season. He scored one try, carried 51 times for 282 meters, made one kick for 50 meters and made 81 tackles.
Tiaan is from Pretoria, South Africa and lived in Bloemfontein, prior to moving to Austin, Texas to join Austin Elite Rugby for the 2019 season. He went to Hoerskool Waterkloof and played rugby beginning at age 14 as a loose forward. He attended the Central University of Technology, Free State and then the University of Free State.
In 2014 he played rugby 15s and 7s with the Bulls and was selected for the Craven Week Under-18s squad. In 2015 he played with the Cheetahs Under-19s team and then in 2017 with the Under-21s. he also played with the University of Free State in the Varsity Cup playing for the Under-19s and the Under-20s. He represented that team each year from 2015-2018 in the Varsity Cup competition. Following the 2018 Varsity Cup, he was named FNB Player that Rocks Award.
In 2018 Tiaan played with the Men’s Free State Cheetahs side in the Supersport Challenge Cup and in 2019 will be in the front row with Austin Elite Rugby.